Ken Griffey Jr. will suit up and trot into left field tonight as a Seattle Mariners for the first time in his major league career.
Naturally, he's having fun with the prospect.
"Hey, if the ball gets to me, someone in th dirt area (bleeped) up," he said. "It had to get by somebody before it got to me, and it had to be a bad pitch selection to let the hitter hit it to me."
No, he wasn't serious Griffey has, of course, spent most of his career in center field and, the last few years, in right field.
Earlier this season, he played in right when Ichiro was on the disabled list.
Now, in interleague games in National League parks, the only way to get Junior into the starting lineup is to put him in the outfield. The biggest question is how many times can the Mariners do it?
Griffey's body hasn't taken the abuse of outfield play in months. The short bursts of speed, the long runs for fly balls, the occasional dive - the Mariners aren't certain how Griffey will feel on Sunday morning.
"Playing left field here, I'm close to the home dugout. If I completely break down, it won't take them long to drag me off the field," Junior said.
He's tentatively scheduled for at least one left field start in San Diego, too.
"I've played outfield all my life," he said. "I think you're making too big a deal about this."